Birmingham City

V

St Andrew's

06/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

Middlesbrough

V

St Andrew's

06/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Birmingham entertain promotion-chasing Middlesbrough at St Andrew’s on Tuesday night, with the home team currently in the Championship’s bottom three.

Last time: A first half brace from Britt Assombalonga was enough to hand Boro the points when the teams met at the Riverside in November.

This time: Birmingham are 10/3 for the win, while Middlesbrough are 11/10 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: The last time these teams met in the top flight. It was a Boxing Day clash in 2012 at St Andrew’s which the hosts won 3-0, with a Stewart Downing own goal kicking off the scoring before Mikael Forssell and a Gary McSheffrey penalty secured the victory for the Blues.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Birmingham City come into this game against Middlesbrough with Garry Monk in charge, but languishing in the Championship relegation zone

In a twist of fate, Monk takes charge of Birmingham for the first time against the team that sacked him just before Christmas. Middlesbrough have continued to be inconsistent since Monk was fired, while the Blues’ own poor form cost Steve Cotterill his job.

Birmingham are 10/3 to pick up a valuable victory, as they bid to climb out of the Championship relegation zone. They’ve played a game more than a number of their fellow strugglers, thanks in part to the postponements over the weekend. Defeat at Nottingham Forest was the final nail in Cotterill’s coffin, and left the Blues looking for their third permanent manager of the season.

Middlesbrough are 11/10 favourites for the win, which would be a great way to follow up their impressive 3-0 win over Leeds on Friday night. Tony Pulis’ side are two points off the play-off places at the moment, while just three points separate sixth and ninth in the table. This would be the ideal time for Boro to notch their seventh away win of the campaign.

The draw is 13/5 and as both teams will be desperate to avoid defeat, could be worth a shout. Birmingham and Boro have only shared 13 draws between them all season, from 70 combined games, although there were three straight draws in this fixture prior to the first meeting of this campaign.

After his match-winning contribution the last time the teams met, Assombalonga is the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock on Tuesday. Patrick Bamford bagged a hat-trick against Forest last time out, and he’s 21/5 to open the scoring, while Birmingham top scorer Sam Gallagher is 15/2 for the same bet.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Tuesday Blues. Birmingham have lost their last two Tuesday games 5-0 and 4-1. You can back them to lose a third one with over 4.5 goals in the match at odds of 14/1.

2

We fancy:

Middlesbrough to win and both teams to score at 5/1. After letting in 34 goals in 35 games, Boro concede virtually a goal a game on average, so this looks a good way to enhance your odds on the away win.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Birmingham to win from behind is 20/1. The only time the Blues have won from behind this season was in their first home game of the campaign against Bristol City, but this would be the perfect time for the players to show their new manager some fight.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!